OK. Maybe you're in your desk chair. You're in your office. You're in New York, or Detroit, or Timbuktu. You're on planet Earth. But where are you, really? This hour, Radiolab tries to find out.
How does your brain keep track of your body? We examine the bond between brain and body, and look at what happens when it breaks. First, author and neurologist Oliver Sacks tries to find himself using magnets. Then, a century-old mystery: why do many amputees still feel their missing limbs? We speak with a neuroscientist who solved the problem with an optical illusion. Up next, the story of a butcher who suddenly lost his entire sense of touch. And we hear from pilots who lose consciousness and suffer out-of-body experiences while flying fighter jets.
Host Bios and Press
* Jad Abumrad is the host and producer of Radiolab, and a 2011 MacArthur "Genius Grant" fellow. Before Radiolab, Jad was an independent reporter, producer and documentary-maker for a variety of local and national programs, and was a member of the team that launched The Next Big Thing. Jad has written music for films and studied music composition and creative writing at Oberlin College.
Robert Krulwich specializes in making complicated news about anything -- science, economics, politics -- easy to grasp through visual and dramatic analogies. He is currently a Science Correspondent for NPR, and is the author of the "NPR Sciencey Blog" Krulwich Wonders.